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S. 1639, the Bush-Kennedy shamnesty bill, will hit the Senate floor soon. US News reports there will be slight delay until the beginning of next week because of energy bill infighting. But make no mistake: Shamnesty’s coming. And it’s time to hit the phones. According to Numbers USA, the following members are the crucial GOP wafflers. Click each name for more contact info or flood the amnesty hotline number at 1-800-417-7666 to get through. Things are brewing behind closed doors–Kaus calls it “eerie“–so speak now or forever hold your peace:
***Update: Dem don’t knows: Webb and Bingaman.***
***Update: *** Here’s Sen. Hutchison’s announcement…
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, today announced she will vote against bringing the immigration bill back to the Senate floor at this time.
In the coming days the Senate is expected to vote on Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1348, the immigration bill. Sen. Hutchison said today she will oppose the cloture motion because the current bill includes amnesty provisions and more time is needed to discuss ways to strengthen the bill through an open amendment process.
“I have opposed the current immigration bill because I believe we can provide a workable guest worker program without amnesty, and this bill appears to be going in the opposite direction,” said Sen. Hutchison. “Until major changes are made that reject amnesty and a more open, fair process emerges for debating one of the most crucial issues facing our nation, I cannot support this immigration bill.
Sen. Hutchison has filed a “return home” amendment which would require adult illegal immigrants to return to their home country within two years of receiving their Secure ID, also known as their temporary “Z” visa.
The amendment is co-sponsored by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Sen. Hutchison also opposes the provision added to the bill which would sunset the temporary worker program after five years.
***Update: Ed Morrissey reports that Sen. Hutchison is set to vote against the shamnesty bill…”A Senate source told me a few minutes ago that Hutchison intends to vote against cloture, and will have a statement to that effect later today. Keep your eyes and ears open on this development.” ***
***Update: Sens. Chambliss and Isakson are also opposing the bill.***
Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)
Robert Bennett (Utah)
Saxby Chambliss (Georgia)
Thad Cochran (Mississippi)
Norm Coleman (Minnesota)
Susan Collins (Maine)
Larry Craig (Idaho)
Pete Domenici (New Mexico)
Judd Gregg (New Hampshire)
Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas)
Johnny Isakson (Georgia)
Jon Kyl (Arizona)
Trent Lott (Mississippi) — (IMO, don’t bother)
Mitch McConnell (Kentucky.)
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Olympia Snowe (Maine)
Ted Stevens (Alaska)
John Warner (Virginia).
More legislative info and alerts here.
Meanwhile, stalwart amensty opponent Sen. James Inhofe has a new petition site up: Secure Borders Now. Sign here. Sen. Inhofe is also guest-blogging at Captain’s Quarters and will be on CQ radio today. Tune in.
House Dems are holding “listening sessions” on immigration. Hey, Nancy: Hear this.